Saturday Night at Anime Central in Chicago will be a good night for Jrock fans. Announced yesterday, during the intermission for the Masquerade Yoshiki History Through X Japan will be played with a live video introduction from Yoshiki himself.
In 2007, X Japan was to play a 6 stop US mini-tour celebrating the band's 25th year, but Yoshiki injured his spine, rendering him unable to play. The band canceled the tour. This August, however, X Japan will be playing at Lollapalooza in Chicago. Back in January 2009, they filmed the music video for "IV" in Hollywood, which was used as the end theme for the movie "Saw IV".
Their contribution to Anime includes two songs used for CLAMP's movie X. The band had disbanded 1997, and did not reunite until 2007. During that time, in 1998, guitarist Hideto "Hide" Matsumoto passed away. The exact nature of his death is still unknown.